Applied Channel Theory: An Introduction to Palpation, Diagnosis, and Treatment

with Jason Robertson, December 7-8, 2019

Course Information

Channel palpation is a classical diagnostic technique not often taught in modern acupuncture schools in the west. Emphasized in the earliest acupuncture texts (Nei Jing/Nan Jing), palpation of the channels is extremely helpful for confirming diagnosis, refining point selection and improving clinical results.

This 2-day class will focus on learning and applying channel palpation through interactive lectures and hands-on practice of technique. In addition, an exploration of channel-based physiology will be presented from the text Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine (Eastland Press, Seattle 2008).  Students will leave with a greater understanding of classical physiology and diagnostic techniques for evaluating pathological patterns in both internal conditions and musculoskeletal complaints.

 Subjects covered will include:

  •  An introduction to Applied Channel Theory (經絡醫學  jīng luò yī xué). This will begin with an overview of the classical conception of the channels based on the life-work of Beijing Professor Wang Juyi (王居易). A more thorough understanding of the channels will then serve as a foundation for an exploration of clinical strategy. This will include a discussion of qi dynamic in the channels and basic principles of movement and function in the six primary channels. 
  •  Each day will also include practice of channel examination through palpation. Hands-on demonstration and practice with feedback from the instructor will be extensive. This technique will focus on gleaning diagnostic information from careful palpation of the distal channels. 
  • An exploration of classical channel physiology and a discussion of how physiology manifests with specific, palpable changes on the acupuncture channels. Specific points will be considered including demonstrations of precise point location and discussions of common findings and their possible significance.
  • Live demonstration of channel palpation and extensive hands-on practice will help attendees to build tools for using channel examination in their own clinics.

Course Instructor

Jason D. Robertson is the co-author of Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine (Eastland Press, 2008) with his teacher Professor Wang Ju-yi (王居易). Mr. Robertson has studied Chinese language for 20 years and has studied Chinese medicine in Chengdu and Beijing. He currently maintains a private practice in Seattle, WA, and is a full-time faculty member at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine and a visiting faculty member at Pacific Rim College. Mr. Robertson has taught courses on channel theory and diagnosis around the world.

Course Dates

Saturday and Sunday, December 7-8, 2019, 9:00am-5:30pm

Course Tuition

Regular – $300 (Early Bird – $285, until October 1)
Students* – $275 (Early Bird – $250, until October 1)
PRC Alumni – $285 (Early Bird – $265, until October 1)
*PRC diploma students will receive 1 ACU academic credit for this workshop.

Course Registration

To register, please click on the registration button below. Full payment is due at time of registration to confirm placement in the course. Payment can be made via MasterCard or Visa, debit, cash and cheque.

Withdrawal Policy

For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person 30 days or more before the start of the course, registrants will receive a full tuition refund less a $40 non-refundable registration fee. For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person more than 14 days but less than 30 days before the start of the course, registrants will receive a 50% tuition refund. Without exception, no refunds will be given for course withdrawals less than 14 days before the start of the course.

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